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Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.

Author: Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

Profession: British Essayist, Poet, Statesman

I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humor.

Author: Edward Albee (1928)

Profession: American Playwright, Dramatist

The secret to humor is surprise.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.

Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

Profession: Anglo-American Poet

Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is.

Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs-jolted by every pebble in the road.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.

Author: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

Profession: French General, Emperor

Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.

Author: Edward De Bono (1933)

Profession: British Writer On Thinking Process

Humor is something that thrives between man's aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth.

Author: Victor Borge (1909)

Profession: Danish Entertainer, Pianist

Humor is just another defense against the universe.

Author: Mel Brooks (1926)

Profession: American Actor, Director

A rich man's joke is always funny.

Author: Thomas Edward Brown


The role of a comedian is to make the audience laugh, at a minimum of once every fifteen seconds.

Author: Lenny Bruce (1925-1966)

Profession: American Comedian

All my humor is based upon destruction and despair. If the whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I'd be standing on the breadline right in back of J. Edgar Hoover.

Author: Lenny Bruce (1925-1966)

Profession: American Comedian

Comedy is a tragedy plus time.

Author: Carol Burnett

Profession: American Television Comedian

True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart. It is not contempt; its essence is love. It issues not in laughter, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author